FLORIDA SHOOTING SURVIVOR FAMILY GOES TO FBI OVER ONLINE THREATS – How ironic is that?
The family of outspoken Florida shooting survivor, David Hogg, is turning to the FBI after receiving several death threats online, including a particularly disturbing one from an NRA supporter.
The 17-year-old Hogg has been one of Parkland’s most vocal gun reform advocates. His mother, Rebecca Boldrick, tells us that they’ve decided to go to the FBI after someone wrote in a comment on one of Rebecca’s Facebook photos, “You can change your settings, but you can never change your faces, your whole family is exposed because of your piece of s*** kid.”
The person who posted the comment called out her son’s upcoming birthday, saying it “will be an interesting event” before co-signing the NRA and the right to bear arms, which the Hoggs are taking as a death threat.
Connecticut Gov. Malloy Sounds a Lot Like King George III – How’d that work out for His Majesty?
Gov. Dannel Malloy declared this week the NRA is a “terrorist organization.” The second most-hated governor (only New Jersey’s former Gov. Chris Christie edged him out for the top spot), Malloy has a propensity for trying to deflect attention away from poor performance.
We’ve been down this road before. Gov. Malloy lashes out when he feels like no one is paying him enough attention. It’s understandable. After all, the governor’s policies of continually raising taxes while failing to bring bloated government spending under control have badly hurt the state’s economy, helping to push out major employers, such as General Electric, Alexion Pharmaceuticals and Aetna to other states. We’ve seen him do this before. …
(The NSSF) asked for an apology. Connecticut-based O.F. Mossberg & Sons asked for an apology on behalf of its state workforce. We’re still waiting. Nor do we expect any acknowledgment that the industry trade association headquartered in his state has made meaningful contributions to improving public safety.
Staring down the barrel of a heinous Illinois gun dealer licensing law they enabled (supposedly inadvertently), Springfield Armory is hawking its custom shop 1911’s. The unforgiven?
Two Miramar SWAT officers suspended for heading to Parkland massacre – Sheriff Israel wants to punish the police who didn’t want to go in — and the ones who did . . .
When a gunman started shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, two Miramar SWAT team members did what comes naturally: They went to help.
Now they’ve been suspended for it.
The officers did not have permission to respond to the shooting at Parkland on Feb. 14, when 17 people were killed.
And that created an officer safety issue and left them unaccountable for their actions, according to their police department.
But their union reacted differently.
“While it may have been a violation of policy to not notify their supervisors that they were going there, their intentions were brave and heroic, I think,” Broward County PBA President Jeff Marano said Wednesday.
FDR’s Gun-Control Strategy: Tax ‘Em – “This column does not necessarily reflect the opinion of the editorial board or Bloomberg LP and its owners.” But in this case, yes. Yes it does . . .
Would such a tax prevent mass shootings entirely? Of course not. But it would put assault rifles out of the reach of many disturbed individuals, and likely lead to the same precipitous drop in their popularity that hit machine guns after the 1934 law. That realization may help explain why a handful of cities and states have instituted modest taxes on both guns and bullets in recent years.
But these are baby steps compared to what Cummings proposed: a 100 percent tax. That scale would have a far greater consequence, one commensurate with the dangers posed by this particular class of weapons.
It would also generate considerably more revenue. But rest assured, there are plenty of deserving recipients of that money: the growing numbers of families who have lost loved ones to the AR-15 and its ilk.
The civilian disarmament industrial complex’s “March for Our Lives” will put gun control back on the front pages on March 14. Your taxes hard at work?
The Second Amendment Does Not Transcend All Others – No it protects all others. Anyway, there are none so blind as those who will not see . . .
In adopting what became the Second Amendment, members of Congress were attempting to reassure the states that they could retain their militias and that Congress could not disarm them. Maybe there was a subsidiary right to bear arms; but the militia is the main thing the Constitution revamped, and the militia is what the Amendment talks about.
I’ve devoted years of my life to studying such ideas as the “original understanding” or “original public meaning” of constitutional provisions. No matter what anyone tells you, no one (and I certainly include myself) can really know the single meaning of any part of the Constitution at the time it was adopted.
State Board Regularly OKs Gun Licenses Despite Police Warnings – In a fascist state the police are the ultimate authority . . .
When someone applies for a concealed carry license, law enforcement agencies like the Chicago Police Department or Cook County Sheriff’s Office can object to the application “based upon a reasonable suspicion that the applicant is a danger to himself or herself or others, or a threat to public safety.”
The governor-appointed Illinois Concealed Carry Licensing Review Board considers the objections and decides whether or not the applicant should be able to legally carry a gun. No other state allows law enforcement to object to concealed carry licenses without giving them final say.
Last year, the Chicago Police Department filed 801 objections, but at least 68 percent of those were thrown out by the board, according to CPD data.
“The system, whereby a panel can overturn police objections, needlessly and recklessly puts more guns on the streets of Chicago,” said police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi.
Board spokesman Matthew Boerwinkle justified the board’s decisions by saying it uses a “higher standard” than local police to decide whether or not somebody should be allowed a concealed carry license. Thus, he said, it is “predictable that many law enforcement objections are ultimately overruled by the board.”
Our National Reckoning On Guns Hasn’t Included The Firearm Industry. It Should. – Once again, Mike “The Gun Guy” Weisser bites the hand that feeds. Fed? Whatever . . .
ARs are cheap, extremely customizable and fun to shoot. They’ve become “under-the-tree guns,” meaning they’re a popular Christmas gift, said Mike Weisser, a Massachusetts-based gun dealer and lifetime NRA member who’s worked with both Debney and Killoy over his 40-year career.
They also now account for a substantial portion of gun company profits. Weisser, who has previously blogged for HuffPost as “Mike the Gun Guy,” said the industry’s marketing of assault-style rifles as recreational firearms has been deceptive.
“They’re not sporting guns,” Weisser said. “They’re designed to kill people.”